Interview with Yoshio Sugino of Katori Shinto-ryu, 1961

Yoshio Sugino and Toshiro Mifune

 Director Akira Kurosawa observes Yoshio Sugino and Toshiro Mifune on the set of “Yojimbo”, around 1961 Sometimes called “the Last Swordsman”, Yoshio Sugino (杉野嘉男 / 1904–1998) began his martial arts training in Kodokan Judo around 1918. Becoming dissatisfied with Judo he began to train in traditional Yoshin Koryu jujutsu. Around the same time, in 1927, he also began … Continue reading Interview with Yoshio Sugino of Katori Shinto-ryu, 1961 »

Mr. Kimura’s Aikido Memories, Part 2

Morihei Ueshiba at the Noma Dojo

Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba at the Noma Dojo, around 1936  In 1938 the Prime Minister of Japan was Prince Fumimaro Konoe (近衛 文麿) – he was a patron of Morihei Ueshiba and served on the board of directors for Morihei Ueshiba’s pre-war Kobukai Foundation. In 1938, when he began training with Morihei Ueshiba at the Kobukan … Continue reading Mr. Kimura’s Aikido Memories, Part 2 »

Mr. Kimura’s Aikido Memories, Part 1

Technical Manual Budo, Page 38

Morihei Ueshiba’s Technical Manual “Budo” – published in 1938  1938 saw the continuation of the Japanese war in China, increased economic sanctions against Japan by the United States, and and the formation of the precursor to the “Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere” (大東亞共榮圏), the “New Order in East Asia” (東亜新秩序). It saw the passing of the National Mobilization … Continue reading Mr. Kimura’s Aikido Memories, Part 1 »

A Leap of the Spirit – Moritaka (Morihei) Ueshiba in 1932

Kami no Keshin

“Kami no Keshin” (“Embodiment of God” / 神の化身) Kanzou Miura (三浦関造) – Ryuo Library (竜王文庫), 1960 Kanzou Miura was born in Fukuoka, Japan on July 15th 1883, just five months before Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei was born in Wakayama Prefecture. After graduation from Aoyama Gakuin’s Theological School he spent one year working as a Methodist minister in … Continue reading A Leap of the Spirit – Moritaka (Morihei) Ueshiba in 1932 »

Interview with Aikido Shihan Yoshio Kuroiwa – Part 2

Kuroiwa at Edogawa Aikido Renmei

Yoshio Kuroiwa (黒岩洋志雄) at the Edogawa Aikido Renmei in 2005 Yoshio Kuroiwa was born in Tokyo Japan in Showa year 7 (1932).  In Showa year 21 (1946) he joined the Nippon Kento Club (日本拳闘倶楽部) founded by the father of boxing in Japan, Yujiro Watanabe (渡辺勇次郎), with the intention of becoming a professional boxer. Forced to … Continue reading Interview with Aikido Shihan Yoshio Kuroiwa – Part 2 »